"Neurodivergent" is a term used to describe individuals who are not considered neurotypical. This includes autism, sensory processing disorder, ADD/ADHD, and many more.
Approximately 10% of all students are neurodivergent, yet many of us understand very little about their experience of the school environment and curriculum. Developing an understanding of autism and neurodiversity enhances the practice of inclusion in schools, improves learning outcomes and social experience for students, and will assist you in classroom management.
Participants of this course will learn about how neurodivergent students experience the classroom environment and learning activities, and will be guided through the process of creating a plan to make their classrooms more inclusive and accessible to better support neurodivergent students.
This course was developed for teachers of preschool through to Stage 6, but is relevant for anyone wanting to understand the experience of a neurodivergent person. It is presented face-to-face over 5 hours. Course content is founded on the expertise and research of Michelle Swan.
Module 1: Exploration of neurodiversity, including statistics around the prevalence of neurodivergence, its value in the classroom, and some of our challenges as educators.
Module 2: How does neurodivergence impact the students' experience? We share the experiences of neurodivergent people in a number of school and life situations, and discuss sensory processing and executive function differences. The impact on the student of expectations, desire and inability to conform is also explored.
Module 3: Communication and behaviour go hand-in-hand. Learn the importance of recognising distressed behaviour as communication, and how to respond appropriately.
Module 4: How can you improve your practice? Workshop with participants to create a plan that will meet your students' needs.
Completing this course will contribute 5 hours of NESA registered Professional Development addressing 4.1.2, 4.3.2 and 6.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.